A Summer Scandal by Kat French

REVIEW

Loved this book. As is the way with Kat French’s book I became completely engrossed in the characters and their lives. Violet is the woman I think many of us wish we could be. She is not happy to just let life pass her by or take the easy and safe option. Don’t get me wrong, safe and easy are often the better option but in this case I think Violet would most definitely have had a miserable life if she stayed on the path she was on.

Cal is lovely and, despite the brief episode in the middle of the book, I’m glad he finally came to his senses. The black sheep from the the privileged family, his line of work had me laughing when it was revealed. Violet took it all in her stride and although she was momentarily surprised it didn’t last long. The use of the pier was awesome.

This book was filled with love, whether it be open or concealed, real or illicit, it is there. There are mysterious elements at play as well and the intriguing plot line had me wondering what was going to be revealed next.

Loved the ending….very fitting.

This is an ARC review courtesy of Netgalley

Synopsis

Summer has never been so scandalous…

When Violet moves to Swallow Beach, she inherits a small Victorian pier in with an empty arcade perched on the end of it, and falls in love immediately. She wants nothing more than to rejuvenate it and make it grand again – but how?

When she meets hunky Calvin, inspiration strikes. What if she turned the arcade into an adult-themed arcade full of artisan shops?

Not everyone in the town is happy with the idea, but Violet loves her arcade and business begins to boom. But as tensions worsen and the heat between her and Calvin begins to grow, life at Swallow Beach becomes tricky. Is it worth staying to ride out the storm? And can Violet find her own happy ending before the swallows fly south for the winter?

Sexy, sassy and full of heart, Kat French is back in a new summer sizzler

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35886940-a-summer-scandal?ac=1&from_search=true)

Flesh Into Fire – Original Sin #3 by J.A. Huss, Johnathan McClain

REVIEW

This series is getting better and better. In the aftermath of the fire that left everyone devastated, Maddie and Tyler still have a whole heap of problems in front of them before they can find, what we all hope will be, their happy ever after .

Maddie is still reeling from the death of her friend and all she can focus on is revenge. I’m in agreement with Tyler here though…it’s a bad idea!   Tyler knows that if she follows through with her dreams of getting back at Carlos and Logan then he stands a good chance of losing her forever and with everything the pair has been through, neither of them should have to face what comes next.

There are some interesting story twists within this part of the series. We find out that someone has been keeping a rather large secret (did not see that coming) which has the potential to either save Maddie or get her killed, needless to say, Tyler is not impressed the turn of events. Tyler shows off his very impressive drone flying skills – again. And this pair really have a thing about fires…mainly starting them! Tyler has already burnt down his apartment, this time it’s Maddie who becomes the arsonist. Someone should ban them from ever holding a box of matches!

I love Tyler. He is funny, caring, protective and sexy. I would need him to have a shave though…bit of stubble is sexy, full beard – not so much (personal preference). The internal monologues that he has, where he goes off at a complete tangent, are hilarious. You have to be really focused on what you’re reading otherwise you’d be completely lost with some off the things he comes out with.

Julie and Johnathan have made an absolutely fantastic writing team. Having read many of Julie’s books and finding them all addictive,   I have often wondered why established solo authors team up with other writing partners but I’m so glad that these two did.

Patiently awaiting the final book in the series and really hoping that this will not be the last we see from this writing duo.

Passion Rising due to be released on 8th May 2018

Synopsis

Payback is owed.

And Maddie Clayton is going to collect. This time Carlos and Logan have gone too far. People are dead, lives have been changed, and she’s had enough. Plus, she’s got the Devil on her side, so when an enemy turns into a friend with an idea of how to take Carlos down, she’s in.

Tyler Morgan has been fighting back his whole adult life. He’s ready for anything when it comes to payback. But endangering Maddie can’t be part of the deal. Unfortunately for him, once Maddie gets an idea in her head, there’s no stopping her.

Her debt has been paid in blood and she wants revenge.

His fight is still there, but now he’s got more at stake than himself.

The end is coming.

But even if they win against Carlos, they can still lose each other.

Angels Fall – Original Sin #2 by J.A. Huss, Johnathan McClain

Sometimes angels fall. 

Maddie doesn’t really owe drug lord, Carlos Castillo, money. So she hadn’t taken his threats seriously. Until now. He wants it, whether she owes it or not. And if she doesn’t have it in six weeks he’s gonna take her as payment instead. 

Tyler would save the world if he could. That’s a fight that lasts forever. And if there’s one thing he’s good at, it’s fighting. So if Maddie thinks she’s gonna deal with an insane drug lord on her own, she’s crazier than he is. 

She’s got a debt she can’t pay. He’s got more money than he needs.
She’s not gonna fall for his charm. He’s gonna make sure that happens. 

They’re destined to be together. Even if Maddie doesn’t know it yet.
Sometimes your soul mate isn’t who you’d choose, it’s who you need.

Good thing you don’t get to choose.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38521449-angels-fall)

REVIEW

I fucking love Tyler! His bizarre sense of humour, his quirky outlook on life, and the fact that he loves Maddie and really does try his hardest to respect her wishes even if she doesn’t see it that way.

The funny one-liners and sarcastic retorts that Tyler just can’t keep to himself.  The Angel/Devil arguments that Maddie has with herself. The inner monologues that send both of them into fazed out moments where the world ceases around them.  All of these are brought about by the genius writing team of Huss and McClain, and that’s just the tip of the story iceberg.

This book had me all over the place, emotionally speaking.  Maddie is still in debt to Carlos and has Logan breathing down her neck.  Tyler, with the help of some friends – old and new, finally becomes what Maddie needs.  There are a few happy surprises along the way and the pair are finally finding some clarity in their lives.  You know when you get to that stage in a book when everything is going right and you think…”ok, story can end now, all is good”…but no, the writer/s just keep on going. There is that defining moment for me in this book, and guess what?  Yep, the writers just kept on going!

No spoilers but if you get as involved with the characters as much as I do, not just the main ones but all the side characters that make the stories come to life, then I would suggest that you have some tissues at the ready.

The third instalment of the Original Sin Series, Flesh into Fire, will be released on 17th April 2018.

At the time of writing this review I know that Johnathan McClain is not well so I would like to send my best wishes to him and hope he Gets Well very soon.

EOBS – Personal note to Julie – I was at the book signing in London and have the photo to prove it!  And I can confirm that your readers do all love you and support you 100%.  I just hope that being in the UK I get to see The Company when it is aired.

Luke – The Callahan Brothers – Callahan Brothers #1 by Emily March

DEA agent Luke Callahan has suffered one loss too many and a fishing trip with his brothers is just what his broken spirit needs to heal. What he doesn’t need is a gorgeous stowaway harboring secrets and running from killers. Never mind that he does his best work undercover… 

Maddie Kincaid is accustomed to trouble, but she’d hoped to leave it behind when she settled in peaceful Brazos Bend. Who would have guessed that helping a gentle old man would land her in the middle of an attempted murder—her own? Now she’s running for her life—straight into the arms of the infamous Luke Callahan. 

Lucky for her, he’s deadlier than the men chasing her. Unfortunately for him, protecting her means breaking a vow he holds dear. When the nights heat up and the secrets start to spill, Luke faces a brand new danger—losing the woman he loves. What’s a mad, bad, and lethal Callahan man gonna do?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22922284-luke—the-callahan-brothers)

REVIEW

Exciting story with some interesting twists and turns.

When his quiet break with his brothers is interrupted by a strange and stubborn woman, Luke Callahan tries his hardest to not get involved but his inherent need to solve a mystery gets the better of him.  Maddie Kincaid is the source of the mystery, as much as she wishes she wasn’t. Being in close quarters with Luke can be very bad for a woman.  Not only is he terse, unapologetic and often rude, he is also sexy as “Sin”.

The pair make an interesting match.  Maddie with her fiery, red-headed temper and Luke with his cool, bad-boy attitude, although his soft side does come through on occasions (Oscar springs to mind).

I enjoyed the twists the story took along the way. The pace was well set and kept me interested with the action and adventure that the pair found themselves embroiled in.  The romantic connection between the two was exciting and there are a few steamy moments that will get the pulse racing.  I will admit that it was different hearing a steamy sex scene read out in a deep male voice instead of how I normally sound in my own head when I enjoy these moments. It wasn’t bad, just different.

I listened to this book via Audible, narrated by Jeffrey Kafer.  It was well read and the voice fitted well with the image I had of Luke and I loved the way his voice went higher for Maddie’s parts.  Would definitely listen to another book by this author and narrator.

 

 

Save Me – Corrupted Hearts #4 by Tiffany Snow

Computer genius China Mack may be the former head of Vigilance, the government’s clandestine spy program, but she can still be knocked off balance. And two back-to-back personal blows have thrown her into a tailspin.

While her relationship with tech billionaire Jackson Cooper is on the rocks, China is testing the boundaries of what she feels for man-of-mystery Clark Slattery. But when China learns that her mother’s death sixteen years ago wasn’t an accident, she can’t rest until she knows the truth. And China’s own father, an elusive ex–CIA agent, might have been the killer. To avenge her mother’s death, she needs help, and both Jackson and Clark step up to the plate. But when her investigation is linked to a decades-old international plot to hack the New York Stock Exchange, putting both of the men she loves in danger, China must make an impossible decision to keep them safe.

As the three of them are plunged into a far-reaching conspiracy, China’s notions of love and trust are turned upside down. For China, this final case couldn’t be more personal—or more dangerous.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36506382-save-me)

REVIEW

Oh WOW! What an ending to this thrilling ride we have been on with China, Jackson and Clark.  Tiffany Snow has done it again and brought to life characters that will stay with me for a very long time.

Action and intrigue dominate this series with revenge and betrayal hot on their heels, and emotions run high throughout this final book in the saga of China Mack.  Jackson and Clark are back to help China in her hunt for vengeance against her mother’s death but the more time they spend together the more China’s feelings are sent into turmoil. What is a girl to do when she has two extremely sexy men vying for her affections?

I was very much Team Clark through the majority of this series, I do think that was in part due to the fact that his character is very similar to my absolute favourite book boyfriend – Kade Dennon, and as such I have a soft spot for him.  As this story progresses it becomes harder to determine who is best for China but I do think that the right choice has been made in the end.

Word of warning….tissues will be required.  I cried! I’m not afraid to admit it.  This book made me cry! Several times in fact.  There are some extreme heartbreaking moments for China but also some very happy ones as well.

Thank you Tiffany Snow for bring some wonderful characters to life and letting us share in the world you have created.  Looking forward to seeing what comes next.

This was an ARC courtesy of Netgalley

The Undercover Billionaire – Tate Brothers #3 by Jackie Ashenden

The Tate Brothers were raised to protect what is theirs…

Navy SEAL Wolf Tate is on a mission of vengeance. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to infiltrate the lair of his arms-dealing enemy—and rescue the mother he never knew. To do this, he’ll need more than his father’s fortunes or his brothers-in-arms. He must find a way to kidnap his enemy’s daughter for leverage. There’s just one problem: She is also one of Wolf’s closest friends—and the only woman he’s ever loved…

For years, Olivia de Santis has been waiting for Wolf to take her in his arms and make her dreams come true. But she never imagined that he’d sneak into her bedroom one night…and take her as his hostage. Olivia knows she should resist him—and stay loyal to her own family. But how can she deny the burning justice of Wolf’s mission, and the blazing desire in his eyes—even if giving into the heat of the moment can put her in grave danger?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34964903-the-undercover-billionaire)

REVIEW

If you enjoy a fast paced and exciting read with action, romance, loyalty and betrayal then you should like this story.  Wolf and Olivia are star-crossed lovers who don’t actually  realise that they love each other.  From feuding families Wolf Tate and Olivia de Santis become friends but when Olivia discovers the lies that hide beneath that friendship she has to question her own feelings.  Wolf has to reconsider his feelings as well when the truth becomes known and realisation hits him upside the head like an explosion.

Wolf’s character is portrayed as the original hard man – all muscle and no brains.  He is loyal to a fault and wants desperately to believe the lies that he has been told.  The psychological damage that his father has dealt to him over the years left a deep crater in him, but who knows, maybe the love of a good woman can help fill that hole and show him that he is not as stupid as he thinks (there is still some doubt in my mind about this though!)

Olivia is the archetypal good girl through and through.  Again, she is loyal to fault and also like Wolf, the person who gets her loyalty does not deserve it.  These two really are Romeo and Juliet of the nowadays. I loved when Olivia finally stood up for herself and gave Wolf a piece of her mind, about time too.

This is a an action romance with some sex scenes but nothing to make you blush (too much!)

The third book in the Tate Brothers series.  Although I have not read the previous books I did not feel that this limited the enjoyment of this book and the other brothers do appear with a brief recap of their situations which helps bring the story along.  I will be reading the other books in this series at a later stage.

This is a Netgalley ARC Review

The Misters Series, Five,  and Mr & Mrs by J. A. Huss

Ten years ago the lives of five wealthy and respected college students was turned upside down by an accusation of rape. Dubbed the Misters of Brown, Mr Perfect, Mr Romantic, Mr Corporate, Mr Mysterious and Mr Match have managed to keep under the radar but now they are finding their pasts are coming back to haunt them.

Finding love was never in their futures but, as each Mister finds a woman, can he keep her from the danger that follows him.  Can coming back together to save their women (and their women saving them!) bring an end to their past and finally put their ghosts to rest.

Danger, mystery, lies and betrayal blend together with love, romance and friendship to make a compelling series that should not be missed.

Joining the Misters is Five, who appears frequently and plays a major role throughout the Mister series.

Finishing the series in a spectacular way is Mr & Mrs.  All the Misters are getting married. One island, six grooms, six brides, children, kittens and pigs, what could possibly go wrong?!

REVIEW

Fantastically brilliant from start to finish. All seven books read in 2 weeks proves that I could not put them down.  As soon as one was finished it was straight onto the next.  More of the plot and mystery is revealed with each book and although they are classed as a standalone…seriously, why would you only want to read to one?

To get the most out of this series they really should be read in order although I am undecided where I would put Five.  His book brings a lot of answers and although it is labelled 0.5 and is technically a prequel, I read him after Mr Match but before Mr & Mrs as his book brings a lot of answers that could potentially spoil elements of the Mister books.

The female characters are all perfectly matched to their Mister and the connection between each is….HOT!  Hot Kisses, Hot Sex, just HOT!

If you have never read this author before then I can highly recommend her.  She has lots of series and most seem to be connected.  I would suggest reading The complete Rook and Ronin series first (see blog post) as the Mister series does contain some of their children but in all honesty it is not essential. There is a very good chance that if you read this series first you will want to go back and find out what happened with the Flynn’s, the Shrike’s and the Aston’s anyway.

So much potential for future books…Can’t wait to see what comes next!

Thanks Julie for bringing us these wonderful characters.